Manchester Metropolis & Premier League in secret authorized battle over FFP rules
Manchester City are reportedly in a “secret” legal battle with the Premier League over possible financial fair play violations.
Back in 2019, it was confirmed that the Premier League would review Manchester City’s finances after Spiegel reported that there could be misconduct.
It has been suggested that Sheikh Mansour disguised investments as sponsorship income during his tenure at Etihad.
Despite the allegations, the Premier League investigation has been silent for some time.
A New York Times report has now suggested that City is conducting a “secret” legal battle with the Premier League over the allegations.
It is alleged that Manchester City have spent “millions of dollars” defending themselves since the allegations first came to light.
City lawyers are reportedly fighting Premier League arbitration, claiming they will not get a “fair hearing”.
The New York Times also reveals that the litigation is taking place in the UK civil courts and information about the case is kept confidential.
If Manchester City are found guilty of misconduct through Premier League arbitration, the club could be punished. However, the New York Times claims it is not yet known what this punishment might look like.
The case allegedly relates to the same material that UEFA used to investigate the Manchester club, with City ultimately winning an appeal after pointing out that evidence against them was “statute barred”.
However, as Tariq Panja revealed, the Premier League doesn’t have the same five-year cap.
SL View – What is the potential impact on the city?
While we may not have access to all of the information on this case, it could have dire consequences for Manchester City.
If City lost their case to Premier League arbitration, it could lead the league to delve further into the allegations than UEFA could before the Court of Arbitration cleared the Manchester Club for sport.
Should City be found guilty of misconduct, the Premier League would undoubtedly be under pressure to severely punish Pep Guardiola’s side, which could potentially lead to a point deduction.
For now, however, we just have to wait and see how the Premier League litigation with City develops.
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